Worst holiday movies of the '80s ... aka 'Ho, ho, no!'
Not to steal the spirit of the season, but the easiest way to build any list of the worst holiday movies of the '80s is to take the list of best holiday movies of the '80s and turn it upside down. Because frankly, there weren't that many truly great ones to begin with.
With today being Christmas Eve, I doubt you'll find these movies playing on cable today -- they probably all made their appointed rounds earlier in December -- but chances are you own a couple on DVD, so take a moment or two for a jelly-belly laugh today and queue one of these up on your TV.
TOP 10 WORST HOLIDAY MOVIES OF THE '80s:
10. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988): Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry. "I trust Christmas brings to you its traditional mix of good food and violent stomach cramp."
8. One Magic Christmas (1985): Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton. "Gideon can make it so Dad's not dead any more!"
7. You Better Watch Out (1980): Brandon Maggart, Jeffrey DeMunn. "But if you're bad, then your name goes in the Bad Boys and Girls Book, and then I'll bring you something... horrible. "
6. Don't Open 'Til Christmas (1984): Edmund Purdom, Alan Lake. Tagline: "T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring...they were all dead!"
5. The Night They Saved Christmas (1984): Jaclyn Smith, Art Carney. "I'm going to tell you one more time. Sing anything you want. White Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. But no more Jingle Bells! "
4. Santa Claus - The Movie (1985): Dudley Moore, John Lithgow. Tagline: "From the team who brought the three Superman blockbusters to the screen comes a story to stir the imagination - and warm the heart."
3. Babes in Toyland (1986): Drew Barrymore, Richard Mulligan. "He's got trolls! Hundreds of trolls, who ate all the cookies!"
2. A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987): Tim Conner, Johnny Counterfit. "Let's wassail."
1. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988): Jim Varney, Douglas Seale. "I am one with the Yuletide, know what I mean?"